Naperville police launch new bike safety program

Family going on a bike ride

As part of a community education and awareness campaign, Naperville police are partnering with the owners of local McDonald’s restaurants to promote bicycle safety.

Through Sept. 1, police officers will be rewarding bicyclists who demonstrate good bike safety practices with coupons for free McDonald’s ice cream cones, police Sgt. Bill Davis wrote in a release.

Davis said the program aims “to encourage all bicyclists to always wear a helmet, obey all traffic laws, lock up bikes when not in use, and be visible and predictable” to motorists, pedestrians and each other.

“Additional bike safety rules are printed on the back of the coupon, as another reminder to stay safe,” Davis said.

Police are also encouraging bicyclists to register their bikes in the event of loss or theft.

Registrations can be made at the police station, 1350 Aurora Ave., between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a $1 registration fee.

Registration forms can be found on the city of Naperville’s website, at http://www.naperville.il.us/protectyourbike.aspx

More information about bicycle safety and security, registration, and suggested locking devices is available by calling the police department’s School Resource Unit, at 630-420-6731, or at the website.

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